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2018 Fall Conferece
Speak Up! Finding and Using Our Voices in a Noisy World
October 19th and 20th, at the Holiday Inn, Mansfield, Massachusetts
Friday Keynote: Tom Newkirk
"The Art of Simplicity: Cutting Through the Clutter in Literacy Education."
Tom Newkirk began his teaching career at Boston Trade High School in Boston. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, he joined the faculty of the University of New Hampshire where he taught until his retirement in 2015. He has written on literacy at all levels, and in 2000 was awarded the David Russell Award for Research from the National Council of Teacher of English. His most recent books are: Minds Made for Stories (Heinemann) and (embarrassment): And the Emotional Underlife of Learning (Heinemann). At UNH he founded and directed the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes, now in its 38th year. He currently serves as Chair of the local school board.
Saturday Keynote: Elizabeth Acevedo
Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit.
She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo has been a featured performer on PBS, B.E.T. and has also delivered several TED Talks. She has graced stages nationally and internationally including renowned venues such as The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, South Africa’s State Theatre, The Bozar in Brussels, and the National Library of Kosovo.
Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion and her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, Puerto Del Sol, Callaloo, The Notre Dame Review, and others. Acevedo is a Cave Canem Fellow, Cantomundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer's Workshop. She is the author of the chapbook, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016) and her debut novel, The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018).